OUR MISSION

Ensuring Snow Leopard survival and conserving mountain landscapes by expanding environmental awareness and sharing innovative practices through community stewardship and partnerships.

Ensuring Snow Leopard survival and conserving mountain landscapes by expanding environmental awareness and sharing innovative practices through community stewardship and partnerships.

WHO WE ARE

Photo by Steve Tracy

Photo by Steve Tracy

Photo by Tashi R. Ghale

Photo by Alexander Kuksin

Photo by Bjorn Persson

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WHO WE ARE

Photo by Steve Tracy

Photo by Steve Tracy

Photo by Tashi R. Ghale

Photo by Alexander Kuksin

Photo by Bjorn Persson

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WHO WE ARE

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Photo by Steve Tracy

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Photo by Bjorn Persson

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The Snow Leopard Conservancy is a non-profit organization based in Sonoma, California, formed in 2000, working in partnership with local communities in eight of the twelve snow leopard range countries to ensure snow leopard survival through environmental awareness programs and by promoting innovative stewardship practices.

WHAT WE DO

We work with local partners and herder communities, the front line in preserving the biodiversity of Central Asia’s high mountains, by providing technical and financial assistance for activities linked to stewardship and biodiversity conservation. Our programs build community ownership of projects, long-term self-reliance, and ecosystem health. We involve communities in non-invasive baseline research on snow leopards, their prey and habitat, blending western science with indigenous knowledge.

WHY WE DO IT

There is less and less land for the wild animals in our world.  Saving this iconic species has been our life’s work. Our task is to help local communities keep livestock depredation from snow leopards at a manageable level while increasing incomes and strengthening stewardship of alpine ecosystems. We will know we have done our job when Central Asia’s herders recognize and act upon the greater worth of having a live snow leopard rather than a pelt of one that took their livestock.

WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES

Working in so many different countries and in such remote areas leads to difficulties communicating with our in-country partners. Not to mention, dealing with the rugged mountainous terrain, the brutal cold of winter, and the extremely high elevations is challenging. Travel is slow and arduous, and electronic communications are limited. And the varied regulations and required permits, limited accessibility, and other bureaucratic obstacles create roadblocks to snow leopard conservation.   

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Trekking for Snow Leopards – Ecotourism & Conservation

August 17th, 2021|Comments Off on Trekking for Snow Leopards – Ecotourism & Conservation

Photograph courtesy of KarmaQuest "Ecotourism programs like Himalayan homestays and photo-trekking expeditions have proven to be an excellent means of boosting local economies while at the same time changing attitudes [...]

Mentoring the Next Generation of Snow Leopard Conservationists

July 14th, 2021|Comments Off on Mentoring the Next Generation of Snow Leopard Conservationists

My forty years devoted to protecting snow leopards in the wild has repeatedly convinced me of the powers of collaboration, networking and notably, mentoring field conservationists. I have found sharing knowledge with many [...]

A mother snow leopard and her cubs caught on a camera trap video in Pakistan by our partners the Baltistan Wildlife Conservation and Development Organization (BWCDO). What an amazing accomplishment for this snow leopard mother to bring 3 cubs through to adulthood in one of the most rugged and remote locations on our planet! And what a delight to see all four of them together and to hear her communicating with them as they make their way along the mountain path – an excellent sign that conservation measures in this region are working.